Friday, November 22, 2019

Téchiné's Brontë Sisters DVD

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A new DVD edition of Les Soeurs Brontë 1977 for the Spanish market:
Las hermanas Brontë
France , 1979, 120 min, 1 BD, 1 DVD
Region 2
November 14, 2019
EAN: 8421394412811
Languages: Spanish, French
Subtitles: Spanish

A principios del siglo XIX, en Haworth, en las landas de Yorkshire, las tres hijas de la familia Brontë: Charlotte, Emily y Anne tienen grandes dotes para la escritura. Charlotte, la mayor, y Anne, la segunda, se convierten en tutoras de las familias de los alrededores mientras que Emily, con comportamientos masculinos, prefiere seguir en las landas. Sus obras, rebosantes de vida y pasión, contrastan con la realidad que las envuelve, llena de discusiones con su padre y obligadas a cuidar de su demente hermano, Branwell.

Extras:  Trailer, Gallery

Thursday, November 21, 2019

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Many newspapers from all over the world are still reporting the news of Charlotte Brontë's little book returning to the Brontë Parsonage. The Guardian was one of the first to report it and now one of its readers has written intrigued about part of what we saw on the pictures:
• If I read the photograph of Charlotte Brontë’s mini work correctly it says: “To be Disposed of: six dozen fine fat cats” (Report, 19 November). I’ll vote for that!
Colin Pickthall
Ulverston, Cumbria
The Mancunion shares some ideas for a day trip to Bradford.
In addition, the Brontë sisters’ hometown of Haworth is located within the borough of Bradford and is an essential visit for literary fans. The Brontë Parsonage Museum is perched on the edge of extensive moorland that inspired the settings of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. (Alex Ferguson)
The Hitavada (India) features a group of four young, local girls who have won the Oxford Big Read Competition at Asia level.
Ananya Sheorey of CDS School and Saara Sen from Centre Point School, Wardhman Nagar secured first and second spot at middle level. They chose books like Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, The Three Muskateers (sic) by Alexander Dumas. Did they ever think of writing such reviews or did they practice it in the past? Saara Sen, a Class VII girl replied, “I am habitual of discussing about the books but I have never wrote review. But I did write poems and stories. In fact my poem was published in ‘The Hitavada Twinkle Star Magazine’. I was in Class VI when I appeared in the competition.” “It was an Asia level competition and I was confident. But I was not expecting that I would win the competition.
I really liked the review I wrote and satisfied about my performance. I enjoyed the whole exercise. I chose book Jane Eyre and wrote the review. Actually I wanted write on Great Expectations but I did not find my copy,” said Saara. [...]
“I read quite a books. Only two books were new for me-- Jane Eyre and The Moon Stone by Collins. Book review is a creative writing. What I liked about the book Jane Eyre is, the idea of book, the characters. The book was set in old times. It was showing me the way. How a young girl grows. (Vikas Vaidya)
Expats (Czech Republic) has a list of '10 Christmas festivals in Czech castles that are straight out of a fairytale', including
Hrádek Nechanice
November 30-December 15
A variety of advent-related festivities will take place in this so-called “Jane Eyre” castle, a 19th-century Gothic-style Romantic château near Hradec Králové. During this event, the chateau kitchen is open to the public, where guests will be able to taste English Christmas punch and other holiday treats. Includes night tours. (Katrina Modrá)
It is actually somewhat reminiscent of Thornfield Hall.

The Outline reviews Bong Joon-ho’s film Parasite.
Bong Joon-ho has given us a story that demands its own category, a genre we might call Revolutionary Gothic. In Revolutionary Gothic, the classic elements of the gothic are in place — a fixation on haunting and ghosts, the overbearing influence of past sins and curses, grieving for what’s lost, as well as a looming sense of foreboding and dread for what might come. Gothic storytelling has always had a strong interest in class, seen most strikingly in Heathcliff’s rejection and revenge in Wuthering Heights. Novels as different as Bram Stoker’s Dracula and William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom! have been classified as gothic at the same time as they’ve provided generations of readers with a rich vein of material analysis. (Connor Wroe Southard)
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Tomorrow, November 22, at the University of Sheffield:
Locating the Brontës
Co-hosted by Brontë Parsonage Museum and University of Sheffield
Symposium date: 22 November 2019
Location:  University of Sheffield
Keynote speaker: Dr Jo Waugh, York St John University

Patrick Brontë was first offered the curacy at Haworth in 1819 and Brontë Parsonage Museum is marking 2019 with a focus on the remarkable father of the Brontë siblings – a man whose own personal journey to the curacy in Haworth was not insignificant.  Brontë Parsonage Museum are delighted to be joining forces with the School of English at the University of Sheffield in order to co-host a one-day symposium on the theme of ‘Locating the Brontës’.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Charlotte Brontë's little book is still hitting the headlines all over the world. Anita Morris Associates (working for the Brontë Society) summed it up with this tweet yesterday.

We are of course delighted about it, but let's return to regular Brontë news.

Yorkshire Life recommends a Haworth walk:
This walk covers some of the places and landscapes most associated with the Brontë family. Family life for the Brontës was full of tragedy with Patrick outliving his son, five daughters and wife. The longest surviving daughters achieved considerable literary success with Charlotte's Jane Eyre, Anne's Agnes Grey and Emily's Wuthering Heights all published in 1847. Despite the sadness the family endured today Haworth owes much to their lives and work.
From the car park make your way to the church and take the path that runs to its right to pass the Parsonage Museum, which has a superb collection of artefacts pertaining to the Brontës. Follow the path signed to Haworth Moor which leads you onto a road. Turn left along the road and bear left at the first junction. After about 400 yards fork right to descend down a grassy track which leads to Lower Laithe Reservoir. Reaching the road follow it across the top of the dam, turning left at a T-junction to continue through the village of Stanbury.
At the far end of the village, turn left along an enclosed tarmac lane. The lane deteriorates into a rough track. Reaching a fork, take the right-hand route, signposted Top Withens. The track climbs steadily with improving views to emerge onto open moorland. Ignore diverging paths and stay with the main signed route to join the Pennine Way. Take care as this area can be confusing in bad weather - some experience of navigation would be useful in mist.
The ruined farmhouse of Top Withins is said by some to be Wuthering Heights but this is strongly disputed by experts. We shall never know the truth but the scenery is superb and in wild weather the location is full of literary promise with superb views of the surrounding moorland. Although most people turn back for Haworth at this point it is worth pressing on for another half mile or so to reach the relative solitude of the less visited moors beyond the ruins.
From High Withins retrace your route towards Haworth for about two hundred metres and fork right along a path heading towards Brontë Falls. The path descends through moorland with a stream to on your right. Follow the signs for the falls crossing a number of walls which are crossed by stiles. Reaching a kissing-gate join the Brontë Way and descend to the Brontë Bridge and falls. Reputed to be where the Brontë sisters spent some time, this is a view worth lingering over.
Cross the bridge and turn left towards Haworth following the main path that climbs above the stream. The onward route is straightforward first crossing moorland. The path becomes a track and leads to a public road. Turn right along the road for a short way before taking a path that heads half left to climb slightly onto the higher ground of Penistone Hill Country Park. There are many paths in this area but the best route is take the clear path that follows the ill-defined ridge and then skirts the northern flanks of Penistone Hill to reach a road (grid ref. 027368). Cross over and follow the path taking turning left to reach Haworth churchyard and the end of the walk. (Lou Johnson)
North Eastern Illinois University Independent reviews the Joffrey Ballet's performances of Jane Eyre spelling Brontë as Brönte throughout the article.
The dancers were incredible. Jane (Victoria Jaiani) and Edward (Fabrice Calmels) had an unbelievable chemistry that was tangible throughout the whole audience. Every touch made the audience hold their breaths, for they could feel the suffering that the two lovers were going through. All the dances communicated the words of longing and conflict Charlotte Brönte wrote so many years ago.
The venue, The Auditorium Theatre, was magnificent itself. It helped the audience get into the mindset of the story before the ballet even began. The production side of the performance was extraordinary. The costumes had both a historic feeling to them, and also enhanced the dancers’ every move. The scenery really helped tell the story, especially through the many different panels that were used in the performance. A few of them were opaque, they separated the stage into scenes, such as a door or the forest landscapes, used to give the stage more depth. At the beginning of the performance Jane tells her story to the people that rescued her from the forest she was found. Before she starts to tell her tale, Jane  goes to the end of the stage, behind a sheer panel, to demonstrate the time difference between to her now and the story. That way the audience can still see her, but understands that the focus of the narrative it is what is happening in front of the panel.
The highlights of the night were the personification of Jane’s demons and Rochester’s wife’s appearances. To help the audience understand how the main character was feeling, there were moments where these ‘demons’, all dressed in white, appeared and danced with her. With the dark music involving them, it was a smart decision that really helped the audience comprehend how much she was actually suffering, because you could visually see her feelings through her movements, she tried to run away from the ‘demons’ but they would always catch her and literally throw her back to where she was initially.
Every time Rochester’s wife, Bertha Mason, appeared it was amazing. The dancer, Yuka Iwai, who portrayed her did an amazing job in translating the character’s madness with her sharp and erratic movements. The songs that she danced to all had heavy drums that enhanced her movements with deep beats that resonated through the audience with each step and twirl. The settings, especially the ones involving the fires, were breathtakingly primal.
From the choices of clothing and music, to the actual dance moves, everything helped translate the vital story  emotions and elements of the book from page to stage. The audience felt every single emotion that the dancers were trying to evoke. A beautiful adaptation of a story about hardship and an unconventional love story that, to this day, leave everyone who encounters it bewitched. (Ana Peres Bogo)
Far Out Magazine explores singer/songwriter Stevie Nicks's literary taste.
There’s also a clear affection for the trailblazing feminist work of the Brontë sisters. Not only did she include the defiant work of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre but also her sister, Charlotte’s, seminal work Wuthering Heights. She noted once, “The beauty of both these classics is that they were fantastic when I was a teenager and they still appeal to me now as a 63-year-old woman.”
She even found room on her essential list, the ‘prequel’ to Jane Eyre, Jean Rhys’ Wide Sargasso Sea which focusses instead on Mrs. Rochester, the ‘wild woman’ who features in Brontë’s novel. Stevie once said of Sargasso, Jean Rhys wrote this book as a precursor to Jane Eyre because of her love for the Brontë novel. I saw the film adaptation of the book in the early 1990s and it inspired me to write the song of the same name on my album.”
The New Indian Express interviews writer Sharbari Zohra Ahmed.
As a renowned writer, and also having written the script for Quantico, what has influenced you as a writer and your works?
A great storytelling. The films I mentioned above, including Satyajit Ray’s work, and also great novels, like Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice had a tremendous effect on me. Any stories with powerful female protagonists, who show strength and vulnerability simultaneously are also huge page turner for me. I also love sprawling social epics, like A Suitable Boy or Midnight’s Children.
North County Outlook recommends 'new goodies for your garden' such as
David Austin Roses — It’s hard to talk about roses without including the wonderful English roses from David Austin.  Here are two that are noteworthy:
‘Emily Brontë’ — Flowers on this vigorous rose are 3.5 inches across and soft pink with the smaller inner petals a deeper rich apricot for a total of 100 petals on each bloom.  The fragrance starts out a delicious tea-rose scent that over time becomes more old rose with hints of lemon and grapefruit.  (I bet you are salivating now!)  (Steve Smith)
The Eyre Guide has a review of The Vanished Bride by Bella Ellis giving it a 5/5.
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A new jazz release with a Brontë twist:

Echoes Of Swing
Winter Days at Schloss Elmau - CD
ACT Music
German Release:25/10/2019
13 swinging winter greetings, which desugar the typical sweet seasonal ringin. With respect, but completely new swing, the Echoes of Swing tie themselves again to the Jazz-tradition and transfer it with great taste, unrelentless taste and impressive imaginativeness to their timeless musical cosmos.

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For over 20 years, Echoes of Swing have been an essential go-to band for lovers of classic jazz. They show quite how many sides there are to it, and do so in a way that is always consummately fresh. The quartet of Bernd Lhotzky (piano), Colin T. Dawson (trumpet), Chris Hopkins (alto saxophone) and Oliver Mewes (drums) breathe new life into the canon of the Jazz Age with their skill as players, their fine arrangements – and with a lot of humour. The band play their own compositions too. And each of their albums is built around a theme: after "Blue Pepper", "Dancing", "Travelin'" and the "Tribute to Bix Beiderbecke", their new album "Winter Days at Schloss Elmau" is a winter walk, but with a swing to it.  (...)
 On the other hand, there are playful pieces that toy with the winter clichés, or subvert them. For example, there is Burt Bacharach's "The Bell That Couldn't Jingle", appearing here as a bossa nova. And there are also three contrasting poems set to music by Bernd Lhotzky: there’s "Stopping By Woods" by Robert Frost which is almost like a pop tune, an icy and gloomy "The Night Is Darkening Round Me" by Emily Brontë, and a classical, notated setting of William Shakespeare's "Sonnet 97" which ventures into the domain of art song.
A review can be read in The Guardian.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

The press coverage of the little book story is somewhat overwhelming, but the news clearly deserves it. We are particularly loving this ITV video which includes footage of the Brontë Parsonage Museum staff cheering when they got it and Ann Dinsdale speaking about the little book.


From BBC News:
A book written by Charlotte Brontë at the age of 14 will return home after being bought by the Brontë Society at auction in Paris.
The miniature work, called The Young Men's Magazine, will go to the Parsonage Museum in the Brontës' old home in Haworth, West Yorkshire.
It was bought for €600,000 (£512,970) after a fundraising campaign by the Bronte Society, which runs the museum.
The museum lost out on the book when it last went under the hammer in 2011.
The total price including buyer's premium was €780,000 (£666,790).
The work is one of six "little books" written by Charlotte, the eldest of the three sisters, in 1830. Five are known to survive, and the Brontë Parsonage Museum already holds the other four. [...]
Kitty Wright, executive director of The Brontë Society, said: "We were determined to do everything we could to bring back this extraordinary 'little book' to the Brontë Parsonage Museum and now can't quite believe that it will in fact be coming home to where it was written 189 years ago.
"We have been truly overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from people from all over the world backing our campaign and can't wait to have it in place with the others and on public view to the world."
The museum's principal curator Ann Dinsdale added that bringing the "unique manuscript" back to Haworth was an "absolute highlight" of her 30-year career at the venue.
"Charlotte wrote this minuscule magazine for the toy soldiers she and her siblings played with and as we walk through the same rooms they did, it seems immensely fitting that it is coming home and we would like to say an enormous thank you to everyone who made it possible."
Part of the Young Men's Magazine describes a murderer driven to madness after being haunted by his victims, and how "an immense fire" burning in his head causes his bed curtains to set alight.
Experts at the museum say this section of the story is "a clear precursor" of a famous scene between Bertha and Edward Rochester in Jane Eyre, which Charlotte would publish 17 years later.
The Guardian has a similar article and included a picture of the little book among the best photos of the day. And now for a small selection of the many, many article from around the globe: The Bookseller, Fine Books & CollectionsThe Times, The Yorkshire PostThe Telegraph and Argus, Keighley News, Belfast Telegraph, Daily MailThe New York Times, KFGOReuters Latin America, VRT NWS (Netherlands), Observador (Portugal), Sveriges Television (Sweden) Ecns (China) and the list goes on and on...

The Conversation has a section called Curious Kids in which a 12-year-old boy asks 'Why do teachers make us read old stories?' Here's part of the reply:
There are probably as many reasons to read old stories as there are teachers.
Old stories are sometimes strange. They display beliefs, values and ways of life that the reader may not recognize.
As an English professor, I believe that there is value in reading stories from decades or even centuries ago.
Teachers have their students read old stories to connect with the past and to learn about the present. They also have their students read old stories because they build students’ brains, help them develop empathy and are true, strange, delightful or fun. [...]
Additionally, many modern stories are based on older stories. To name only one, Charlotte Brontë’s “Jane Eyre” has turned up in so many novels since its original publication in 1848 that there are entire articles and book chapters about its influence and importance.
For example, I found references to “Jane Eyre” lurking in “The Princess Diaries,” the “Twilight” series and a variety of other novels. So reading the old story can enrich the experience of the new. (Elisabeth Gruner)
Paris Match reviews the novel Un dimanche à Ville-d’Avray by Dominique Barbéris.
Enfants, elles vibraient d’un même élan du cœur aux exploits de Thierry la Fronde et rejouaient les scènes de « Jane Eyre » avec Orson Welles dans la peau du ténébreux Rochester. Mais les petites filles ont grandi et l’âge adulte n’a pas tenu ses promesses d’expériences exaltantes et de passions échevelées. (François Lestavel) (Translation)
Traveler (Spain) thinks that Wuthering Heights is the perfect book to read in a cabin in Lyndhurst, England.
A new book published in Spain includes translation of some of Charlotte Brontë's letters:
Quiero escribirte esta noche una carta de amor
La correspondencia pasional de quince grandes escritoras y sus historias
by Ángeles Caso 
Ediciones Lumen
ISBN: 9788426406842

«Quiero escribirte esta noche una carta de amor», escribe Katherine Mansfield al amante que más tarde se convertiría en su marido. A través de sus cartas, inéditas hasta ahora en español -al igual que muchas otras que recoge este libro-, su voz más íntima se une a la de otras grandes escritoras que sintieron la urgencia de revelar lo inconfesable, el poder del deseo, la insoportable incertidumbre, la desesperación, el dolor de una pasión no correspondida o la inmensa felicidad de amar y ser amado. La abadesa Eloísa de Argenteuil, ya en el siglo XII, se enfrenta al Infierno por escuchar a su carne; Simone de Beauvoir se empeña en destruir cualquier rastro burgués en el amor y en la vida; Ninon de Lenclos rechaza todos los tópicos sobre el arrebato amoroso; la romántica George Sand busca morder el amor hasta sangrar; la madre del feminismo, Mary Wollstonecraft, está dispuesta a ceder todas sus libertades -e incluso a acabar con su vida- si no consigue la entrega de su ser adorado; también la brillante y talentosa Charlotte Brontë implora el afecto de un hombre casado y espera la respuesta a sus cartas más que un mendigo un trozo de pan. Mientras María Zambrano vuelca en las cartas a un amor de juventud su anhelo de matrimonio, Marina Tsvietáieva busca en el amor sin límites la fuente de su inspiración poética o Julie de Lespinasse es capaz de amar al mismo tiempo y con igual intensidad a dos hombres, Emilia Pardo Bazán se revela con gran sensualidad y sexualidad escribiendo a Galdós, y lucha por mantener en secreto su relación...
Ángeles Caso nos presenta estas cartas reveladoras y fascinantes, y nos cuenta en las biografías de cada autora -una suerte de «micronovelas»- las historias que les dieron origen: un mapa de la sensibilidad femenina a lo largo de la Historia, una inspiración para escribir cartas de amor, y para amar -e incluso para dejar un amor que nos destruye. Un libro para leer, releer y atesorar.
El Mundo and Diario de León talk about the book.

Monday, November 18, 2019

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Just a quick note to let you know that Charlotte Brontë's little book will be going back home to the Brontë Parsonage Museum!!

Such great news!
Great news today as the fundraising for Charlotte Brontë's little book is now past the target of £80,000. Here are a couple of recent updates from the project's Crowdfunder page:
New stretch target
Thank you, thank you, thank you! As well as putting us in an even stronger position to go to auction on Monday, additional sums raised will be used to ensure the immediate and future conservation of the little book, developing online resources to share it with a wider audience, and a programme of public activity to celebrate its homecoming.
AUCTION DAY UPDATE:  Charlotte's little book will be auctioned at approximately 1300 GMT on Monday 18 November.  Thanks to the incredible support of our crowd, we have now achieved our original target, but we will accept donations up until 1100 (GMT) on Monday morning in order to further increase our chances of success. If we are outbid, all donations will be returned.  Thank you so much for your generosity and kind comments of support and encouragement.  Please keep your fingers crossed that Charlotte's little book will be home in Haworth again soon. 
Let's keep out fingers crossed! By the way, browsing through the auctioneer's website, we see that, apart from Charlotte's little book, Drouot will be auctioning another Brontë-related item later today as part of the 'Autographes et manuscrits : les collections Aristophil. Britannica - Americana' auction:

Estimate 1 500 - 2 000 €
Irish and British Anglican priest and author, father of the Brontë children.
Signed autograph letter, signed « P. Brontë », Haworth 5 December 1850, to John GREENWOOD, book-dealer in Haworth ; 1 page oblong in-8 format (a few slittings to paper)
This document contains a book order for works by Dr CUMMING (Dr Cumming’s Sermons before the Queen), and The Churchman’s Almanack of 1851. Reverend Brontë lived alone in the curacy of Haworth with Charlotte, his only surviving child since Branwell and Emily died in 1848 and Anne in 1849.
Tablet Mag interviews author Anne Fadiman (though not mentioned in the article, let us recommend her book Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader).
My Jewish grandfather was like the mad wife in the attic in Jane Eyre, you know? He was completely hidden from view, because my father, I feel certain, was ashamed of him for sounding and acting and dressing and being who he was. (David Samuels)
Los Angeles Review of Books interviews Kathleen McNerney, translator into English of Catalan writer Caterina Albert who 'like the Brontë Sisters, [...] published her novels, poems, and plays under a male pseudonym': Víctor Català.
When did Caterina Albert begin to use the masculine pseudonym Víctor Català? Did she ever abandon her pseudonym? Precisely at the time of the Jocs Florals of Olot in 1898. The name is taken from a novel she never finished, and it has both masculine and patriotic overtones. She continued to publish with this name, though some critics (Gabriel Ferrater and Marta Pessarrodona) use her birth name consistently, and it is worth remembering how many women writers of the period used masculine names: her own Catalan contemporary Felip Palma [Palmira Ventós i Cullell], the Brontë Sisters, George Eliot and George Sand, et cetera. (Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi)
Her most famous novel, Solitud, has been compared to Wuthering Heights.

A post on the Brontë grandmothers on AnneBrontë.org.
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Yesterday and next upcoming Sundays, at the Bowery Poetry Club, New York:
Sense, Vision, Insight, Form: Poetry Workshop with Andrew Singer
Sundays noon-2pm · 5 consecutive weeks:  November 17 & 24 + December 1, 8 & 15, 2019
Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery, New York, 10012

Over 5 consecutive Sundays, we will explore a unique and elegant set of tools and techniques for quickly deepening in poetic understanding and facilitypoetry well. Poems for reading and discussion are selected from among the poets Emily Brontë, Robert Browning, Thomas Hardy, Ezra Pound, H.D., Hart Crane, W. H. Auden and Derek Walcott. A complete syllabus will be provided to enrolled students before start of the course. No prior experience is needed to participate. These workshop sessions present a sequence of group exercises designed to help poets of all types, styles and experience discover and explore a new way of approaching poetry.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

The Guardian makes a case for George Elliot's 'provincial' novels:
With Eliot’s bicentenary next week, it remains a mystery to those who love her best just why she will have fewer parties, presents, candles and cakes than her near contemporaries, the Brontë sisters. It can’t be the off-centre setting. The Brontës’ novels are stuffed full of dialect, and Heathcliff hardly speaks the King’s English. Livesey suggests that it may be because “while Eliot is provincial, the Brontës are regional”. Regional, in this case, takes on a sense of romantic isolation, of gothic strangeness, of swooping depth and height. Eliot’s Midlands, although only 100 miles away from Haworth, are in every sense “flat”. The landscape is level and so, by and large, are the emotions. Eliot’s characters grow and change through tiny increments and as a result of constantly rubbing up against one another over time. This is a supremely relational art, grounded in the ordinary and the everyday, and all the more powerful for it. (Kathryn Hughes)
The Telegraph regrets the non-existence of a George Elliot cult, even on her 200th anniversary:
It is a truth universally acknowledged that there’s no word to describe a person who really loves George Eliot. While Bleak House readers might be Dickensians, and Austen fans get to be Janeites, there’s never been an easy way to articulate the cult of George. Unlike Brontë (thanks to Kate Bush’s Wuthering Heights) or Trollope (via the Pet Shop Boys’ Can You Forgive Her?), she’s never made it on to Top of the Pops. (Sophie Ratcliffe
Kate Bush's Wuthering Heights is also mentioned in this editorial of Consequences of Sound:
It’s been 30 years since the release of her masterful record The Sensual World, an album that likewise uses song as a vehicle for exploring and commenting on literature — in this case James Joyce’s Ulysses, as well as (less prominently) William Blake. This was not without precedent for Bush, whose breakout hit, “Wuthering Heights”, surely one of the strangest songs to ever hit No. 1 on the UK charts, evoked the tormented sorrow of Emily Brontë’s novel of the same name. Even if you haven’t read the novel, the lines “Heathcliff, it’s me, Cathy/ Come home, I’m so cold” will no doubt still strike a chord due to Bush’s acrobatic phrasing and her melody, which constantly winds back on itself. (Tyler Dunston)
The Emily Brontë rose is back in the news. Now across the pond in The Herald (Everett, WA):
“Emily Brontë” — Flowers on this vigorous rose are 3½ inches across and soft pink with the smaller inner petals a deeper rich apricot for a total of 100 petals on each bloom. The fragrance starts out a delicious tea-rose scent that over time becomes more old rose with hints of lemon and grapefruit. (I bet you are salivating now!) (Steve Smith)
Walking the Sewri Christian Cemetery in Bombay you can find an unexpected Brontë-related link. Mid-day shows a picture:
One-time sheriff of Bombay, and former editor of the Bombay Gazette, James Taylor's memorial was one of the standout graves on the trail that included a roundel. He was a suitor who had proposed to English classic writer Charlotte Brontë, who wrote Jane Eyre.
The Guardian interviews Mia Wasikowska:
Kate Kellaway: Your parents are photographers… Have you inherited their visual sense?
M.W.:I have been obsessed with photography and taken photos from the perspective of an actor on set. Filming Jane Eyre, they even sewed a secret pocket into the bustle of my skirt for my camera.
The actress is also mentioned in connection with her role in Jane Eyre 2011 in the Daily Mail and The Irish Times.

GraphoMania (Italy) lists several British writers you should read:
Le sorelle Brontë: Charlotte, Emily e Anne
Una vita non fortunata per queste incredibili penne che non ebbero la fortuna di invecchiare, chi per malattia chi per complicazioni dovute a una gravidanza difficile. Ma che ebbero la determinazione di dedicarsi alla scrittura in tempi in cui non era concesso alle donne. Ebbene, le tre ragazze firmarono i loro romanzi ognuna con uno pseudonimo maschile: Charlotte, sorella maggiore, scelse Currel Bell; Emily preferì Ellis Bell; la minore Anne optò per Acton Bell. Come si può notare, mantennero le iniziali dei veri nomi.Tre grandi scrittrici inglesi, tre classici della letteratura vittoriana dell’800.
Jane Eyre. Capolavoro pubblicato nel 1847 e scritto da Charlotte, è un romanzo di formazione la cui voce narrante è quella della protagonista Jane, la quale racconta in forma autobiografica il suo percorso di crescita interiore, morale, spirituale, dando spazio a sentimenti ed emozioni. In molti lo hanno definito un personaggio così intenso da sembrare reale, vivo, mai banale nella sua passionalità e determinazione.
Cime tempestose. Questo invece è l’unico romanzo di Emily, un classico della letteratura inglese pubblicato anch’esso nel ’47. Storia di una passione distruttiva tra un uomo e una donna, di gelosie e spirito di vendetta, di vulnerabilità, il tutto narrato dalla governante di una delle famiglie dei due innamorati. Una curiosità: una rara copia del romanzo, è stata venduta all’asta a Londra per l’equivalente di 162.000 euro!
Agnes Grey. Questo invece è il primo romanzo della giovane Anne (siamo sempre nel 1847). Una famiglia subisce un pesante tracollo finanziario e la più giovane delle figlie, Agnes, comincia il suo lavoro di governante. Un ambiente mondano a cui apparteneva, ora è visto con maggiore distacco e lucidità dalla protagonista, la quale – voce narrante – porta il lettore all’interno delle sue riflessioni e del cambiamento morale. (Susanna Trossero) (Translation)
Actualitté (France) rehabilitates the novel Les Ensablés by Marion Gilbert:
Traductrice avec Madeleine Duvivier, pseudonyme que s’était choisie sa sœur, elle a donné à lire en français Charles Dickens, P. G. Wodehouse et Charlotte Brontë. (François Ouellet) (Translation)
Trouw (Netherlands) interviews the poet Lévi Weemoedt who tells this anecdote:
“Veel later heb ik nog eens boek gestolen van een collega-leraar. ‘Wuthering Heights’ van Emily Brontë. Waarom? Gewoon, omdat die man een vreselijke eikel was.” (Tien Geboden) (Translation)
A quite simplistic article about siblings in La Razón (Spain):
Los escritores, claro, también tienen hermanos, y muchas veces son también escritores. El caso más célebre son las hermanas Brönte (sic). Emily, la mediana, escribió «Cumbres borrascosas»; Charlotte, la mayor, «Jane Eyre» y Anne, la pequeña, «Agnes Grey». Las pequeñas siempre son las más sufridas y ha sido sepultada por el prestigio de la rivalidad de las otras dos. (Carlos Sala) (Translation)
L'Opinion (France) reviews Dictionnaire égoïste de la littérature mondiale by Charles Dantzig:
Cette discussion avec lui, les amateurs de littérature pourront aussi l’avoir désormais au sujet des écrivains étrangers, puisqu’il publie cet automne la suite du Dictionnaire, sur la littérature mondiale cette fois – « mondiale » plutôt que « étrangère », j’imagine que ça sonne mieux. Que pense-t-il d’Ambrose Bierce, d’Italo Calvino, d’Edgar Poe ? De Faulkner, de Joyce, de Nabokov ? De L’Amant de Lady Chatterley, des Hauts de Hurlevent ? (Bernard Quiriny) (Translation)
Manchester Stained Glass posts about a 'tenous'  link between Stained glass workshops for the New Year, Jane Eyre, The Peaks and Hathersage Parish Church.
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An alert in Hythe, Kent for today, November 16:
Creative F
Caribbean & Englandolkestone 2019
Words & Music Time Machine Events - 1966: 
17th November, 3pm

Strange Concords: Words & Music Time Machine Events
Excerpts of Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys read by Imogen Stubbs and Alex Jennings; Ruby Philogene MBE will be singing, with black spirituals and a music sound mix from 1966.
Imogen Stubbs’ impressive theatre experience includes the RSC, Royal National Theatre, The Old Vic and various West End productions. Her films include Sense & Sensibility, Stake Out and Jack & Sarah.
Alex Jennings has worked extensively with the Royal Shakespeare Company and Royal National Theatre. A three-time Olivier Award-winner, he won for Too Clever by Half, Peer Gynt, and My Fair Lady. Film roles include The Lady in the Van, The Queen and Babel.
Ruby Philogene is a first prize winner of the Kathleen Ferrier Award and has sung at the Royal Opera London, Deutsche Oper Berlin and La Monnaie Royal Opera Brussels. Ruby's parents are from Dominica where Jean Rhys grew up and where the novel is set.
This event takes place at Lympne Castle, The Street, Lympne, Hythe, CT21 4LQ

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Remember that Charlotte Brontë's little book is to be auctioned on Monday. The crowdfunding campaign is at this moment just a little over £10,000 short of the £80,000 target. Please take a moment to donate and be part of Brontë history.

BBC Teach highlights '5 Gothic literary locations in the UK', the first of which is
1. Haworth, West Yorkshire
Emily Brontë and her sisters lived in Haworth, West Yorkshire. The wild moors surrounding the village were the inspiration for Wuthering Heights. The bleak and stormy landscape was the perfect location for a Gothic drama of obsession and violence.
An isolated location is a hallmark of Gothic literature. Think of Dracula’s foreboding Transylvanian castle or the desolate French alps in Frankenstein. Emily Brontë bought the isolated, Gothic location to the UK’s shores. The novel features other hallmarks of Gothic fiction too: a tyrannical 'hero', ghosts and the supernatural, and an imposing and atmospheric building.
Today, visitors can absorb themselves in the atmosphere of the novel by visiting the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth. The more adventurous can venture into the moors and seek out Top Withens, a ruined farmhouse reputed to be the inspiration for Wuthering Heights.
Still on the subject of location, The Times reviews Novel Houses by Christina Hardyment.
Novel Houses is a lively literary gazetteer to great imaginative homes, from Horace Walpole’s Castle of Otranto to JK Rowling’s Hogwarts. If you like nuggets about niches and gleanings about gables, you’ll love this book, written by Christina Hardyment, audiobook reviewer for this paper. Some houses you may visit with a picnic (the Brontës’ Haworth parsonage in West Yorkshire, Vita Sackville West’s Knole and Sissinghurst in Kent), others are the stuff of homesick dreaming (JRR Tolkien’s Bag End) or of dank and endless nightmare (Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast). (Laura Freeman)
Le Journal de Montréal asks author Fanny Britt all sorts of bookish questions.
Au fil des décennies, y a-t-il eu un auteur qui a compté plus que tout autre ? Je triche : elles sont trois. Charlotte, Emily et Anne Brontë, trois sœurs écrivaines britanniques qui ont vécu durant la première moitié du 19e siècle dans le Yorkshire et qui n’ont pas eu le temps de produire beaucoup de livres pendant leur courte vie (Emily et Anne sont mortes à la fin de la vingtaine, Charlotte à 38 ans). Mais leur détermination farouche à franchir les obstacles mis dans leur chemin en raison de leur sexe et de leur situation familiale les a menées à écrire parmi les livres les plus marquants de la littérature anglaise, parmi lesquels Jane Eyre et Les Hauts de Hurlevent. J’admire leur force, leur intelligence, leur solidarité.[...]
Si on vous demandait de dresser le top 5 de vos romans fétiches, lesquels choisiriez-vous ? Jane Eyre – le grand classique de Charlotte Brontë, où l’intelligence, la débrouillardise et la résilience d’une jeune femme courageuse triomphent du monde injuste de l’Angleterre victorienne. (Karine Vilder) (Translation)
Calgary Herald features JoAnn McCaig's An Honest Woman.
There are references to Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre. There’s a dinner party scene where one of McCaig’s characters confronts a “really famous, curmudgeonly British writer.” (Eric Volmers)
Elite Daily has include a quote by Emily Brontë on its selection of '17 Non-Cheesy Instagram Captions For Your Engagement Announcement'. Women's pen names are discussed in El Periódico (Spain).
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An alert in Halifax for tomorrow, November 17:
Afternoon Tea with Rown Coleman
at Holdsworth House, Halifax
November 17th 2019 12:30pm - 03:00pm

Join Rowan Coleman for a literary afternoon at the beautiful Holdsworth House, featuring a talk on her new series of Brontë-inspired novels, and a spot of delicious afternoon tea.

Rowan Coleman is the award-winning author of The Memory Book and The Summer of Impossible Things and the mind behind the Bella Ellis series of Brontë mystery novels, which imagines the Brontë sisters as amateur sleuths ahead of their writing careers. Her most recent novel, The Girl at the Window, is set at Ponden Hall, in the heart of Brontë country.

12.30pm – Arrival / Registration
1pm – Talk by Rowan Coleman
2pm – Q&A and signing
2.30pm – Afternoon tea

Friday, November 15, 2019

Charlotte Brontë's little book will go under the hammer on Monday, but you remember you can still help bring it home to the Brontë Parsonage. The Yorkshire Post features the crowdfunding campaign.
More than 600 people have contributed to an online “crowdfunder” appeal to bring a miniature book handwritten by the 14-year-old Charlotte Brontë back to Yorkshire.
The hand-stitched volume, measuring less than two-and-a-half inches, is to be auctioned in Paris on Monday afternoon, and is expected to fetch at least £650,000.
The museum at the Brontë family’s parsonage home at Haworth hopes to return it there, to sit alongside others written by Charlotte.
It has been applying to charitable trusts to raise the funds, and hopes to secure the final £80,000 though its online appeal.
“We’re currently at 626 donors, pledging gifts totalling almost £58,000,” aid a spokesman at the museum. “We will be continuing to accept donations up until 11am on Monday.”
The TV dramatist Sally Wainwright, whose film about the Brontë sisters, To Walk Invisible, was filmed partly at Haworth, said Charlotte’s little book belonged there.
“A shy, brilliant 14-year-old girl wrote this book in Yorkshire in 1830, with very little idea that one day she would be a global literary superstar,” Ms Wainwright said.
“We have to bring this book back to Yorkshire, where it was written, where it belongs.”
The poet laureate, Yokshire-born Simon Armitage, has promised a bottle of Laureate’s Choice sherry, a traditional perk of his honorary title, to the donor who takes the total past £80,000.
RTE (Ireland) also has an article about the campaign.

Daily Nation (Kenya) asks Jerry Sesanga, a Ugandan author, journalist, actor and filmmaker, all sorts of bookish questions.
What are the three most memorable books you have read so far, and what makes them so? My first pick is Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. I read it while in my early years of secondary school and it changed my life. Pip’s story was my story. Even today, my path to success follows the same storyline.
My second pick is Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. Heathcliff was just me, with so much passion and life.
The novel just drove me crazy that till now, I have never found any match of character to Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw. (Kariuki Wa Nyamu)
Psychology Today claims that reading can help focus your attention away from the screen.
Regular reading invites nuanced and intimate insights into human nature. Reading can temper your scattered attention and bring it into focus. Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre or Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon, for example, offer multifaceted characters that make you pay attention and plumb your empathy to unpack them if you are to experience the emotional satisfaction that literature provides. Reading in depth about Jane Eyre’s struggles with self–worth or Milkman Dead’s masculinity in Solomon, you gradually come to cultivate deeper awareness about your own feelings and the world around you. (Richard E. Cytowic M.D.)
The Guardian 'Lecretia Seales [who] fought in vain for the right to have a say in her death, but she blazed a trail'.
“I am not afraid of dying, but I am petrified by what may happen to me in the lead-up to my death,” Lecretia said at the time. “My greatest fear is that my husband will have a mad wife to deal with, like Mr Rochester in Jane Eyre. As far as I’m concerned, if I get to a point where I can no longer recognise or communicate with my husband, then for all intents and purposes, I will already be dead.” (Matt Vickers)
If you're in the area and looking for a house, Chicago Mag has selected several Victorian beauties so that you can 'Live Like a Brontë'.
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An alert for tomorrow, November 16, in Palermo, Italy:
Donne in amore
“Jane Eyre e Bertha, due eroine tra la brughiera e i Caraibi”
Museo Archeologico Regionale Antonino Salinas
November 16, 18:00

Sabato 16 Novembre alle ore 18:00 la scrittrice Elena Stancanelli racconterà l’eroina di Charlotte Brontë, la Jane Eyre dall’intelligenza brillante diventata un’icona della letteratura. Ma non solo. Stancanelli racconterà anche Bertha, la moglie pazza di Rochester, che più di un secolo dopo la scrittrice caraibica Jean Rhys tirò fuori dalla soffitta per farla diventare protagonista de “Il grande mare dei Sargassi”.

 Le storie delle due eroine tra i Caraibi e la brughiera saranno cucite dalle musiche originali di Serena Ganci.

 Al termine dell'incontro Planeta Winery offrirà un bicchiere di vino.
(Via Balarm / ANSA Sicilia)

Thursday, November 14, 2019

The Guardian reports that Judi Dench, as Honorary President of the Brontë Society, is appealing to the public to help bring Charlotte's little book home. Click here to help.
Judi Dench, Jacqueline Wilson and Tracy Chevalier are among several names throwing their weight behind the Brontë Parsonage Museum’s bid to keep one of Charlotte Brontë’s tiny manuscripts from being “shut away in a private collection”, with public donations topping £50,000 with just a week to go before the miniature book is auctioned. [...]
The manuscript last came up for auction in 2011, when the museum was outbid by an investment scheme; the institution is now desperate to acquire what it called an “extremely rare, immensely significant piece of history” when it is auctioned in Paris on 18 November, so it can make it available to visitors and scholars.
The book is expected to sell for at least £650,000, and the museum has been applying to trusts and foundations to raise the funds, with an additional public crowdfunder topping £50,000.
“There are just a few days to go before Charlotte’s little book goes to auction in Paris and we are urging everyone, literature lover or not, to be part of this historic moment to bring this literary gem home to where it was written 189 years ago,” said a spokesperson for the museum.
Dench, who is honorary president of the Brontë Society, called for members of the public to help “bring it back to Yorkshire where it belongs”.
“These tiny manuscripts are like a magical doorway into the imaginary worlds they inhabited and also hint at their ambition to become published authors,” she said. “It’s very moving to think of 14 year-old Charlotte creating this particular little book at home in Haworth Parsonage.”
The museum said that the story about the murderer, who has an “immense fire” burning in his head which causes his bed curtains to set alight, was a “clear precursor” of a scene between Bertha and Edward Rochester in Jane Eyre, which Brontë would publish 17 years later. “We want to be able to look after it, learn from it and use it to inspire future generations how and why Charlotte started writing, and would hate to see it shut away in a private collection,” said its spokesperson. “This is the first time we have run a Crowdfunder campaign as part of this process and we have been incredibly touched by comments left by those who have already supported us. We want to bring the book back for all of them.”
Jacqueline Wilson also threw her weight behind the campaign. “Fourteen-year-olds often write little books. I did myself, and many young girls send me their own literary efforts. But Charlotte Brontë’s little book is so very different - a handwritten delightful miniature work from a 14-year-old who would grow up to be a literary genius,” she said.
Actor Sarah Lancashire, musician Cerys Matthews, and writers Audrey Niffenegger, Tracy Chevalier and Bonnie Greer are also among those backing the campaign. “These little books are a unique insight into the 14-year-old Charlotte and to be privy to their content feels so intimate and such a privilege,” said Lancashire. “The little book coming up for auction in Paris belongs here in Haworth, and I ask everyone who can to support the campaign to bring it home.”
“I love the idea of something so iconic to the Brontës’ lives going back to the place where it was created, rather than tucked away in some private collector’s safe,” added Chevalier. “Charlotte and her siblings learned how to create worlds as teenagers, and the little books were a crucial part of that training.” (Alison Flood)
iNews carries the story, too.

We wonder whether the following is an actual blunder or a deceitful marketing strategy. Offaly Express (Ireland) reports that Charlotte's Way, up until now a guesthouse, is up for sale. Charlotte's Way is the current name for what used to be known as Hill House and according to this newspaper,
A Georgian house once home to famed author of Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë, is up for sale in Banagher.
It is a little known fact that she once lived in Banagher with her husband, Arthur Bell Nicholls, briefly staying in this beautiful house, which is now run as a guesthouse. (Justin Kelly)
Such a little known fact that it isn't even true as there isn't any record of Charlotte Brontë setting foot in it, not to mention living there. From The Oxford Companion to the Brontës by Christine Alexander and Margaret Smith:
Banagher, Ireland, c.80 miles west of Dublin, in King's County (now Offaly), home to the Revd A. B. Nicholls. From the age of 7 when he was adopted by his uncle and aunt [...] Nicholls lived with them at Cuba House [...]
Nicholls took his wife Charlotte Brontë to visit his former home during their honeymoon in Ireland. Charlotte was impressed by the elegant Georgian Cuba House [...] After Revd Patrick Brontë's death, Nicholls returned to Banagher to live with his aunt and her daughter Mary Anna who had moved from Cuba House to the smaller Hill House, at the top of a rise overlooking the town and Shannon River [...]. In 1864 he married Mary Anna and continued to live at Hill House, Banagher (still in existence), until his death.
Apple-picking (gourmet edition) in The Times:
Although we are focusing on just apples, [Raymond Blanc] says they are in a way the root of everything. A kind of symbol for Britain to move forward by reconnecting with the past: from Shakespeare dropping so many mentions of so many varieties of apple you can almost guess his favourites, Charlotte Brontë extolling the “blossom blanched orchard trees whose boughs droop like white garlands”, to a future where trees are back at the heart of our landscape. (Helen Rumbelow)
The Guardian celebrates the 50th anniversary of Northern Ballet.
The archive has handwritten logbooks of visits to the various theatres and school halls where Northern Dance Theatre, as it was first known, performed. There is promotional material trumpeting “the north’s own ballet company” which comprised 11 dancers – seven women, four men – and now has four times that number. There are glamorous shots of Northern’s illustrious artist laureate, Rudolf Nureyev, in 1986 and desperate campaigning letters from that decade, railing against proposed Arts Council cuts. A look through the company’s posters reveals a striking consistency of vision: the same company that staged dance-drama The Brontës in 1995 went on to perform Nixon’s version of Wuthering Heights in 2003 and recently enjoyed one of its biggest hits with another prestigious literary adaptation, Cathy Marston’s Jane Eyre. (Chris Wiegand)
New Statesman America asks a good many writers and literary people to pick their favourite reads of 2019.
Kit de Waal
[...] The Confessions of Frannie Langton (Viking) by Sara Collins is a brilliant story of a slave, Frannie, who leaves a Jamaican plantation and comes to London to become technically “free”, being gifted to a man trying to prove that Africans are lesser humans. This is a gothic novel in the style of Jane Eyre, but far darker and more humorous.
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A new production of Jane Eyre: the Musical opens tomorrow, November 15, in Danvers, MA:
Imago Stage Company presents
Jane Eyre: the Musical
Based on the novel by Charlotte Bronte
Music and Lyrics by Paul Gordon
Book and Additional Lyrics by John Caird
Vocal and incidental music arrangements by Steve Tyler
Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church
188 Elliott Street, Danvers, MA 01923

November 15 & 22, Fridays, 7:30 p.m.
November 16 & 23, Saturdays, 2:00 p.m.
November 17 & 24, Sundays, 6:00 p.m.

Bronte's dramatic story comes to life through compelling music that spins a tale of fall, redemption, and sacrifice. Some scenes may not be appropriate for all ages, and parental discretion is advised.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

It's only a few days until Charlotte Brontë's little book is auctioned in Paris. Please remember that you can still help bring it home to Haworth. The Telegraph and Argus talks about the last few days of the fundraiser.
On Monday one of Charlotte Brontë’s ‘little books’, written in 1830 when the author was 14-years-old, will go to auction in Paris.
It is expected to sell for at least £650,000, and the Brontë Parsonage has been gathering support and funds to buy the artefact.
The tiny manuscript, which features three intricately hand-written stories, has remained in private ownership since it left Haworth following the deaths of the Brontës. It came to light when it came up for auction at Sotheby’s in 2011 when the Museum was outbid by a now non-operational investment scheme. [...]
Kersten England, CEO City of Bradford Council, is supporting the bid to bring the book back to the District. She said: “The Brontë sisters have had a huge influence in my life - not just as authors of great literature but as pioneering women who paved the way for so many others.
"The Brontës’ connection to Bradford is very precious and to have Charlotte’s little book where it was first created would only strengthen the Bronte story and its ability to inspire future generations to pursue their dreams.”
Ann Dinsdale, Principal Curator at the Brontë Parsonage Museum, comments: “These little books are enormously important to both visitors and scholars. The four that we are fortunate enough to own are some of our most popular exhibits and to see this volume of The Young Men’s Magazine reunited with the others in our collection would be wonderful.
"If we are successful, it would be one of the most important things to happen in the 30 years I’ve worked at the Parsonage; a real highlight.” (Michael Black)
The fun touch is courtesy of LipService:

The Guardian gives '15 great reasons to visit the UK's most-improved city'. One of them is
The Brontë’s association with Haworth has made it world famous and the cobbled streets in the city often feature in the numerous cycling events that have visited Yorkshire since the Tour de France’s grand départ in 2014. Bradford was included in the route for the UCI World Championship’s this year, and Howarth (sic) regularly features in the Tour de Yorkshire and the Tour of Britain. The small market town doubles as a great place to watch the peloton fight for position and, as a great base to explore the Dales and Brontë Country. The Brontë Parsonage museum is an excellent place to start. (Lanre Bakare)
Forbes features the show Letters Live:
Other past performers at Letters Live have included Sir Ian McKellen, Sally Hawkins, Laurence Fishburne, Anjelica Huston, Jake Gyllenhaal, Tom Hiddleston, Juliet Stevenson, Jarvis Cocker and Kylie Minogue, plus live music from artists ranging from Nick Cave, Laura Mvula and Jamie Cullum to Benjamin Clementine, Tom Odell and James Rhodes. Letters read at previous shows have included ones written by David Bowie, Marge Simpson, Mohandas Gandhi, Elvis Presley, Janis Joplin, Kurt Vonnegut, Charlotte Brontë, James Baldwin, Charles Dickens, Emily Dickinson, John Steinbeck, Madonna, Tom Hanks, Dorothy Parker and Che Guevara, as well as by many remarkable people who are lesser known. (Joanne Shurvell)
El Periódico (in Catalan) reviews the novel La teva ombra by Jordi Nopca.
De la novel·la sorgeixen referents com les germanes Brontë i ‘Cims borrascosos’, la pel·lícula ‘Gremlins’ i la música anglesa dels 90 (Oasis, Blur...), tot i que Nopca, explica, es rendís a Tolstoi abans de fer-ho amb Dostoievski –en especial, al seu ‘Crim i càstig’– i a Philip Roth i la seva ‘Pastoral americana’. (Anna Abella) (Translation)
The New York Times shares an excerpt from Essays One by Lydia Davis.
I was in my early teens when I first laid eyes on a page of Beckett. I was startled. I had come to it from books that included the steamy novels of Mazo de la Roche— though not too steamy to be included in a very proper girls’ school library—and the more classic romances of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights, as well as the social panoramas of John Dos Passos, the first writer whose style I consciously noticed and relished.
Bold (India) celebrates being single with a selection of book that includes
5. How To Be A Heroine by Samantha Ellis:
Author Samantha Ellis finds herself fascinated by Cathy Earnshaw of ‘Wuthering Heights’, soon enough realizing that she should have been Jane Eyre. In this literary piece, Samantha writes a story about the role of different heroines from the literature and how each one of them aspires us to be what we are today. While aptly capturing the usual shift of idealism from March sisters of ‘Little Women’ to Sylvia Plath, that book shows how we all grew up. In this book, Ellis also shares humorous stories from her real-life which she experienced while living in the Iraqi Jewish community in London. (Arshiya Gauhar)
On National Review, John J. Miller discusses Wuthering Heights with Lorraine Murphy of Hillsdale College.
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An alert for today, November 13, in Donostia, Spain:
Literaktum 2019
Querida Jane, querida Charlotte by Espido Freire
Miércoles 13 de Noviembre de 2019
Aiete K.E.
Modera: Mª Pilar Rodríguez.
Lugar: Areto Nagusia.

En la charla Querida Jane, querida Charlotte, Espido Freire se adentrará en el mundo, la vida y la obra de Jane Austen y las hermanas Brontë, escritoras referentes en la literatura universal y especialmente en la literatura inglesa, que aún hoy en día sirven de inspiración para películas, series, clubes de lectura...